Drogheda Rotary Club raised €14000 for local charities with this years Memorial Tree initiative. The Memorial Tree fundraising event has been running in Drogheda for the last 12 years and has distributed over €150,000 to good causes in Drogheda.
This year was a great success. Collecting in West Street, The Laurence Centre and Tesco Donore Road over 5 days before Christmas this year €14000 was collected.
Organising this fundraiser is a big undertaking. The three collection locations have to be manned over five days. Drogheda Rotary Club members all participate in the collection. Paddy Prendergast coordinates all the logistics that go into making this the enormous success it has become.
Along with Meals On Wheels which is a core charity for Drogheda Rotary Club, three local charities each year benefit from the Memorial Tree event. This year Ablevision, Alzheimers Society, and The Red Door were chosen this year and all received €4000 to assist with their efforts.
Meals On Wheels is the biggest project Drogheda Rotary Club sponsors. It has operated in Drogheda for the last 48 years. Hot nutritious meals and tasty desserts are delivered three times a week to the elderly and incapacitated in our local communities. In terms of community involvement, the introduction of our Meals on Wheels service and our ability to sustain it over the period remains the Drogheda Rotary club’s greatest and proudest achievement. In that period, we have touched the hearts and minds of many less fortunate people in our midst.
Ablevision is a communications and media training organisation for adults with intellectual disabilities. They provide dance, film, communications and media training workshops.
The local branch of the Alzheimers Society is currently fundraising to build a purpose built care centre in Drogheda.
The Red Door project is a community based organisation providing confidential assistance and services for people and families affected by drug and alcohol abuse.
Rotary spokesman Paddy Prendergast said, “the money raised this year is going to very deserving charities. All of them make a great contribution to the social fabric of Drogheda and Drogheda Rotary Club is delighted to be helping them reach their goals”